Sorry, I have reached the point where I just have to laugh about it all. And if you want to laugh with me, then do me a favor and watch the last fifteen minutes of this video.
The world is beginning to fall apart around you. This is not new, the writing was on the wall by the 70’s, we got the Club of Rome for a reason. So, there will inevitably be people who hope to solve it. And if they’re not entirely retarded, then they realize it means humanity will have to be content with less.
Of course you also realize that some guy living in a mud hut in Congo isn’t just unwilling to sign up for less, but also can’t even have less without dying of hunger. So, that means the “imperial core”, which includes yours sincerely of course as even the English are merely our puppets ever since the Glorious Revolution, will have to do with less.
How much less? Well, 95% less energy use by 2050. That’s the degrowth plan. But it gets better. They are convinced that in their utopia, we could all still have normal washing, cooking, housing, free public transport, free healthcare and education, free Internet, fresh and hot water and more. Yes, with 95% less energy!
The point I want to make, is that I’m increasingly just finding myself in a world full of people peddling idiotic fantasies that make me feel like I’m stepping into some sort of trap by seriously engaging with them. These people can not be serious.
I feel like I’m just being scammed, by acting as if I live in a world where words still have meaning, companies are still supposed to generate earnings, problems are still supposed to get solved and people mean what they say.
This stuff we get here just doesn’t mean anything. It’s just ASMR for people with PhD’s. You can watch the entire video. Note what is not mentioned ONCE: HOW we’re supposed to get this 95% reduction in energy use. WHAT we’re going to have to sacrifice for it.
Instead we get a lecture near the end of the video from the soyjack narrator that “sacrifice” detracts people from degrowth and it isn’t really necessary. Because get this: As soon as you start pointing out to people what degrowth would actually involve, nobody wants it. And instead of trying to convince people that this is a price worth paying, these people just tell you that we could somehow reduce energy use by 95% without “sacrifice”.
If these people had some sort of moral fiber, they would explain that we would have to choose to live in a world where you’re not allowed to go on vacation, drive a car, eat an animal, mine a Bitcoin, let a brown person into your country or heat your home. And then they would try to point out to you that it’s going to suck, but developing bloating bellies because the harvest failed again in the latest heatwave isn’t that much fun either.
But they don’t do that. This video is the sort of stuff you get in a world in which a Claudine Gay can become Harvard president. None of these people are really proposing any serious solutions to anything.
It’s just a massive giant circlejerk of peddling buzzwords back and forth at each other: “ecosocialism!” “justice!” “community!” “feminism!” “care!” “indigenous!” “queer!” It’s like they’re not really trying to think, but rather, they’re trying to gather the words they like and then they try to find some sort of rhetorical string to tie them all together with. Then they present that garbled nonsense as if it were a solution.
I mean, if you really believed this stuff, that the world’s most developed countries need to shrink their energy consumption by 95% to save the day, the first step you would logically take, would be to stop growing the population of those countries.
So what do we see? There isn’t a green movement in the world, nor a degrowth movement, that proposes any sort of serious attempt to limit population growth in developed countries. Sweden imports 2% of its population worth of asylum seekers in a single year? All these people sleep. Canada and the UK grow their population at the fastest rate in sixty years? Crickets.
This is the lowest hanging degrowth fruit (except banning Bitcoin I guess), that would have the vast majority of the population behind it. But they’re not interested in harvesting it. So these are not serious people. And this isn’t some sort of obscure pet peeve of mine either. England will blow through its remaining carbon budget, just by building the houses that need to be build to accommodate the growing population.
In every single Western country, the plebs have to painstakingly work around these academics, who will accuse them of “xenophobia” “right-wing populism” and “ecofascism”, in a desperate attempt to stop their country’s population from continuing to grow every year, because the whole system just approaches collapse from the constant influx of more people.
Leftists don’t seem to see words as some sort of tool to convey information with. They seem to think of words as some sort of magical LEGO blocks that can be stacked together to produce a powerful spell that forces the world to adjust to reflect your desires. They seem to think all of reality is ultimately just a kind of social construct.
I’ve long had the idea that Baudrillard must have taken a lot of LSD when he lived in California, but this seems to be true for the entire post-Marxist left. They seem to think that words create reality and that by making words meaningless, they can set us all free.
But there isn’t really anyone out there anywhere, who’s seriously trying to solve any part of the mess we’re in. And that matters, because if you pay attention, you will have noticed by now this mess will be our undoing. Ecological overshoot is our cause of death, SARS2 is our anesthesic.
It’s just an endless circlejerk, of people who set up institutes and academic journals and discussion groups and meetings and then they can draw a salary by stringing together the words everyone likes to hear into something vaguely resembling a meaningful sentence.
We don’t deserve much, we really don’t. But we deserve better than this.